Twitter chat, IT World Canada

Published: August 27th, 2015

Updated 3:27 E.S.T. Today at noon we held yet another a spectacular Twitter chat that was filled with meaningful dialogue on careers and women in technology, IT and the channel. We were joined by some great guest experts and community participants that weighed in on important issues that still remain unresolved in the tech industry. Check below for a recap of some notable tweets from the chat. Tune into our monthly Twitter chats on the last Thursday of every month. We look forward to seeing you at the next one! 

Never mind ‘leaning in’, many women in the technology industry are leading their companies to business success! In August, Computer Dealer News will be hosting its fifth annual Women in the IT Channel event, honouring some of the top women executives in the IT channel. It’s a day of professional development, networking, and awards that’s all geared towards one thing – celebrating the contribution that women are making in the IT channel community.

Join us on August 27, between noon-1 PM ET at #CDNwomen as we recap the day’s events with a Twitter chat. We’ll have some of the award winners and keynote speakers on hand to answer your questions about career development and business success. If you missed the event, it will be a great way to connect with the community and catch up on the conversation. If you were there, it’s the next step in strengthening our community for the future.

View a slideshow of last year’s event!

This chat will be moderated by the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council (C4), a non-profit association that is the voice of technology channel professionals in Canada and works in association with CDN. Follow @CDNChannelChief now to get updates about the chat and other related news.

Never taken part in a Twitter chat before? No problem, this video will tell you everything you need to know.

Ayelet Baron
Ayelet Baron
Ayelet Baron is a futurist, author, speaker and activist for the human spirit at CreatingIs. She is the former chief strategy and innovation officer for Cisco Canada and held numerous global positions at Cisco. Follow her @ayeletb.

Laura Wittig
Laura Wittig
Laura is a young woman starting out in the corporate world as a Technology Consultant, and also a proponent of women helping other women advance in their careers. Follow her @LauraWittig1.

Mandy Grewal
Mandy Grewal
An entrepreneur and soccer mom that is passionate about what she does, speaks her mind and always strives to be her best every day! Follow her @mandygrewal_.

Lynda Partner
Lynda Partner
Lynda Partner is the vice president of marketing at Pythian and chairwoman of Women in Communications and Technology. She was recently named WXN 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. Follow her @lpartner.

Vanessa Simmons
Vanessa Simmons

Currently the director of business development at Pythian, Vanessa is  an experienced business development professional with over 15 years’ experience in all aspects of the business development and marketing disciplines. Follow her @pythianpartners.

Q1 You often hear of the disparity in the ratio of men to women that work in IT. What do those numbers look like? #CDNwomen

Q2 Why do you think so few women choose IT as a career?  Is this a fault of our education system or social conditioning? #CDNwomen

Q3 What responsibility to women leaders have to mentor other women pursuing careers in IT? #CDNwomen

Q4 What types of positive initiatives has your company put in place to foster gender equality or diversity? #CDNwomen

Q5 Where there any moments where, as a woman, you experienced difficulty to move forward in your career because of your gender? #CDNwomen

Q6 How have you succeeded in your career in this male-dominated industry? #CDNwomen

Q7 What are the key characteristics you believe a woman should have to succeed in the Channel? #CDNcwomen

Q8 Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg are examples of successful female tech leaders. What can women in IT learn from them? #CDNwomen

Q9 What was a memorable lesson you learned at CDN’s Women in the IT Channel event earlier this month? #CDNwomen